Tascam DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder  

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The TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder brings high-resolution recording to a compact, affordable package. It offers up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV or MP3 recording to SD cards, and recordings can be trans... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder brings high-resolution recording to a compact, affordable package. It offers up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV or MP3 recording to SD cards, and recordings can be transferred to your computer through high-speed USB 2.0.

A dual recording feature has two modes. Mode 1 records a copy of your audio at a lower level, so if the level suddenly jumps you have a backup instead of a distorted performance. Mode 2 records two separate stereo tracks at once, one from the built-in mics and a second from an external mic or from the line in, which could be a send from your mixing board or any other line-level stereo source. The resulting stereo tracks can be mixed together on the DR-2d or imported into your DAW for further editing.

Record using the new built-in condenser microphones or plug in your own. You can slow down recordings without changing the pitch, and there's even a metronome and built-in speaker. The DR-2d provides hours of recording time using a pair of AA batteries, making it the perfect partner for songwriting, live performance, rehearsal or home studio recording.

Features
  • Unique stereo condenser microphone design with improved signal-to-noise ratio
  • Dual recording function records a copy of your audio at a lower level or records 2 separate stereo files, one from the mics and one from the mic or line in
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV recording or MP3 recording modes
  • Records to SD or SDHC cards
  • Internal effects including reverb
  • Auto-recording function starts when input exceeds a reference level
  • Limiter, low-cut filter, and auto gain control for input
  • Metronome
  • Variable Speed Audition changes the playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Loop playback mode
  • USB 2.0 connection for file transfer
  • 1/8" stereo microphone input
  • 1/8" stereo line input
  • 1/8" stereo headphone output
  • 128 x 64 backlit LCD display
  • Powered by two "AA" batteries or optional PS-P520 power adapter
  • Built-in speaker
  • Tripod attachment screw hole
Specifications
  • Ratings
    Recording media:
    SD card (64MB - 2GB)
    SDHC card (4GB - 32GB)

    Recording/playback format:
    WAV: 44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-bit
    MP3: 44.1/48kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320KBps

    Number of channels: 2 channels (stereo)

    Analog audio input/output ratings
    MIC IN jacks(supporting plug-in power)
    Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini
    Input impedance: 25 k?
    Nominal input level:
    GAIN LOW: - 32dBV
    GAIN MID: - 48dBV
    GAIN HIGH: - 64dBV

    Maximum input level:
    GAIN LOW: - 16dBV
    GAIN MID: - 32dBV
    GAIN HIGH: - 48dBV

    LINE IN jacks
    Connector: 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini
    Input impedance: 22 k?
    Nominal input level: -10dBV (0.32V)
    Minimum input level: -22dBV (0.08V)
    Maximum input level: +6dBV (2.0V)

    Line Out
    Connecter: 118" (3.5mm) stereo mini
    Output impedance: 12?
    Nominal output level: -14dBV (10k? load)
    Maximum output level: +2dBV (10k? load)
    Maximum output: 15mW + 15mW(32Q load)
    Built-in speaker: 0.6W (monaural)

    Control input/output ratings
    USB jack:
    Connector: Mini-B type
    Fermat: USB 2.0 mass storage class

    Audio performance
    Frequency response:
    20-20kHz +11-3dB (44.1kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level = Nominal)
    20-22kHz +11-3dB (48kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level = Nommal)
    20-42kHz +11-3dB (96kHz, LINE IN to LINE OUT, Input Level = Nommal)

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.02% (AES-17, LINE IN to LINE OUT)
    S/N Ratio: 90dB (A-Weight, LINE IN to LINE OUT)

    Power
    Two "AA" batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH)
    AC adaptor (TASCAM PS-520, not supplied)

    Power consumption
    0.9W

    Battery operation time (continuous operation)
    Alkaline type battery:
    About 6 hours: (JEITA playback time)
    About 6 hours: (JEITA recording time)

    Dimensions (W x H x D)
    65mm x 118mm x 24mm, 2.559" x 4.646" x .945"

    Computer compatibility
    Widnows:
    Pentium 300MHz or faster
    128MB or more memory
    USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
    Macintosh:
    Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or faster
    64MB or more memory
    USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)

    Recommended USB host controller:
    Intel chipset

    Supported OS:
    Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    Macintosh Mac OS X 10.2 or later
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Tape machines - 90 day warranty; one year parts warranty.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


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TASCAMDR-2d Portable Digital Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Low distortion (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little Tool

I bought this thing recently to record some sessions with our band and it has been awesome. Lots of options but most importantly, it's reliable. None of this "did it...Read complete review

I bought this thing recently to record some sessions with our band and it has been awesome. Lots of options but most importantly, it's reliable. None of this "did it record?" or "I wish I remember how that one song went". I will advise to buy the power adapter. Batteries work but don't last that long. Very easy to use, easy to get onto iTunes/burn copies for the jerks in the band that didn't put in on this. Buy It!! You will be glad you did. Only complaint would be the batteries.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Adequate tool for practice only

I purchased this product hoping to replace my mini-disc for recording live shows. I was attracted to the features and the price. I think this is a good product for songwriting/rehearsal, but...Read complete review

I purchased this product hoping to replace my mini-disc for recording live shows. I was attracted to the features and the price. I think this is a good product for songwriting/rehearsal, but not for live performances. I believe the product should be sold or should come with the power adapter. Batteries are only good for a couple of hours and the power adapter must be ordered from the store or on-line. The mp3 recording feature produced a �ۡ��̏watery�ۡ�ݕ�_ sound and was not acceptable at all. While .wav files were very clean, the embedded mic picks up everything, including crowd noise. No setting allowed me to filter that. An external mic may be a better way to go, but I did not try this alternative. In order to hold more music, I replaced the 2GB memory card with a larger one. The recording time display still showed the same maximum recording times as the 2GB card, even though the file size displayed the additional storage capacity. It didn�ۡ���t matter anyway, because without a power adapter, the device will not record any longer than the batteries will hold out. I used brand new batteries and still got a battery low message after the 1st set, which was a little over 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pluses �ۡ���� easy to work with and understand, good .wav sound with the maximum bit rate, but only in a quiet studio setting, easy file transfer to PC, and the display is easy to read. I returned the item, however, because the device was not any better than the mini-disc I had hoped to replace for live performance recording. Guitar Center staff was very helpful and courteous with return policy.

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4.0

Easier than an ADAT

By RoadieBob

from Cincinnati OH

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events

    Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

    Small, compact, easy to use and lose. Minimal setup for recording. Can use on a spur of the moment deal. Great battery life and easy to replace AA's. Sound quality is good to very good. Huge amounts of space once a reasonable sd card is used.

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Unit!

    By redrockdancer

    from Nassau County, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Battery Usage

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

    This unit is a pearl and a steal at the current price. Excellent sound quality, solid build and easy to use. Great service from Musician's Friend. The unit shipped immediately and was well packed.

     
    4.0

    Did the job with relative ease!

    By Jazzman

    from Cape Cod, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

    • Remote Not Instantaneous

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

    Easy to use, but bring the manual with you! The buttons on the remote often require some prodding to activate their function.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Little Recorder

    By Sound Guy

    from Eastern Ky

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Great For Song Writers
      • Home Studio

      Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

      Awesome little recorder. But you will need the AC adapter.. It eats up Batteries!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Difficult to use

      By Unca_T

      from Rochester, mn

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

          I bought this but I'm not all that satisfied with it. It's not the easiest thing to use at all. I've been recording, playing, and engeneering my own music for many years now and I inicially thought this would be a good beginners device that could easily be connected to a board to record shows.
          It's not.
          The opperating system is clunky,
          it doesn't seem to show when it's getting signal from the board at all, and many others issues.

           
          4.0

          Many functions in a compact device

          By Jack

          from Westminster, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Low Distortion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

            A perfect device for those who want a quick recording. Of course the recording can't be as good as a studio recording; however it's worthy buy its price.

             
            4.0

            works well

            By gray

            from janesville, wi

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Doesn't always work

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

            I was recording our jam session pushed pause and the first couple times it worked but after that i had to take batteries out and restart it. I had to do that a few times. Otherwise it works well. It Picks up the band at the bars really good also

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By stinkeye

            from TEXAS

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

              This recorder is awesome. Very sensitive and easy to use. The sound quality is amazing. Our band uses it to record practices and gigs. Best money we have ever spent for equipment. We review recordings and make improvements based on what we hear. Much better than trying to sort things out based on memory. With a 4 gig chip we can capture a whole evening of music. Do yourself a favor and buy the AC adapter or buy stock in one of the battery companies.

               
              4.0

              Easy and simple recording

              By JVG123

              from Kansas City, KS

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Not good for mixing
              • Software look is old

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events

              Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

              This was a good buy. I wanted something that was simple to use so I could record live sessions with a band and playback for critique. It is exactly what i had hoped for.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Absolutely fantastic for on-the-go, just bring batteries.

              By Joseph Harrie

              from Omaha, NE

              Comments about TASCAM DR-2d Portable Digital Recorder:

              It has a simple design, easy to use and the built-in mic's have great quality! All the little extra settings for dual recording and filters you can apply work as they are described.
              The only things I really have against it is that after messing around with settings to figure it out for about an hour, it starts getting errors. I don't recommend renaming it on your computer, as that might of have been a problem. Also, as this does run out-of-the-box on 2 AA Lithium batteries, it will kill the batteries after a couple hours of use, so bring extra!

              Overall however, the value is great, quality is awesome, and I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who needs some good audio quality on the go!
              Features are simple but still plenty; built in filters and effects, the button layout and interface is easy to figure out and helpful to use, and of course, the dual record setting works just like it says.
              It's not that the quality is bad, but it could've been better. Wouldn't recommend messing around with the internal settings too much or else you might have to factory restart it a few times before it works right again. (true story)
              But as far as the hardware and software interfacing; awesome, truly helpful, easy, and most importantly, usefull!
              Amazing value, for the amount you spend, and how long you'll be using it; this is the perfect value.

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